Born in 1989 in Morocco, in Kenitra in the Gharb plains. Industrial engineer and business administration education.
The artistic environment was usual for me since the early years. I had an inner need to perceive the world, its visible and invisible part, through art. I understood this need in my childhood, and it was always clear to me that I have to keep this artistic side.
From my early years I took music lessons playing the violin, then painting, and later I became very passionate about photography, which I practiced diligently for a good part of my life, after having discovered it in my family environment in the early 2000s. I started observing with curiosity the realities around me, and sensitive to the most picturesque elements that attract my attention. Thus, I embarked on cinematography, where my eyes will closely observe humans, their ways, their intimacies and their convictions.
Feeding corpses to vultures, burial in a hollow tree, burial underground, cremation, … these were some of the ways people deal with death. For thousands of years, humans dealt with death and funeral rites in different ways, controlled by belief, cultural life, religions and traditions that govern Different peoples, and even now the treatment of death differs from one place to another, some of these ways of dealing may be found normal, strange or shocking.
This topic piqued my interest since I moved first time to Europe, where cremation was a completely new process for me, on which I’ve conducted several research and see it from different perspectives. I discovered when opening this discussion with people I’ve met, that such a talk about death is difficult to bear on the hearts of many, who try to escape from it, knowing that it is coming, there is no doubt about it.
As much as this subject was getting bigger in my mind, as much as I felt the need to make a film with a simple, but deep illustration. I hope the film will give the audience a time suspension to dive into a deep reflection in order to make the right choice, according to the convictions and the beliefs of each person.
I'm very ambitious as a filmmaker and want to get things done thoroughly and minutely. From pre-production to the cutting, it took 8 months in 2019. The first day of filming was on the 8th of November, practically one year later till making this interview.
I was careful to get the audience into the mood of the film, thus, I tried to do this work carefully, with great attention to detail. I worked a lot with the artistic director Abdennabi Ketouy and the director of photography Francisco Figueiredo to build a picture that will be in coherence with the message which I would transmit.
On our first day of filming we started filming before the sunrise, during a very cold weather, to take the rock shot with the first light of the day in the background. Shooting elaborate drama and emotional sequences where we had to take a great deal of detailed planning and coordination.
I was lucky to work with such a great team that cares about what it is doing, and which allows the filming process to run smoothly.
Through the different festivals we have participated in, we have received many recognitions and positive feedbacks about the originality of the story, the choice of the shooting locations, the cinematography and the artistic work done in set design and the editing process. We have received several awards as an inspirational film, Best child actress, Best Indie Short Film, Best Art Director, and others.
I'm preparing a feature film, but I'll remain tempted to excavate whole-heartedly in the fiction or animation short-films, where I have to work hard before finding simple and refined solutions.